Open Word with Aisha Sasha John
Thursday, September 20 at 7:30pm Toronto-based poet, performer, and choreographer Aisha Sasha John will read at Open Space as part of Open Word: Readings and Ideas.
Aisha Sasha John is a poet of many forms. Author of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize short-listed collection I have to live. (McClelland & Stewart 2017), as well as THOU (Book*hug 2014) and The Shining Material (Book*hug 2011), Aisha’s practice is equally rooted in choreography and performance: John has created, curated and performed in solo and collective interdisciplinary dance performances in Toronto, New York and Montreal. Her solo show the aisha of is premiered at the Whitney Museum in 2017, and in 2018 was presented at Montréal, arts interculturel (MAI) and Toronto’s Summerworks Festival. Aisha was the University of Toronto (Scarborough) 2018 Writer-in-Residence.
Following the reading, Aisha will be joined in conversation by artist Kemi Craig. Kemi is a contemporary analogue artist living and working in the traditional Lekwungen Territories known as Victoria, BC. Her work centers on futures for raced and gendered bodies through Super 8, 16mm film, cellphone video, and performance.
Doors open at 7:00 and the reading will start at 7:30. There will be a cash bar and a book table, so come prepared!
As part of her visit to Victoria, Aisha will also take part in Body Response, an afternoon of performance and discussion hosted by Aboriginal Curator Lindsay Delaronde. The event will take place at Open Space on Saturday, September 22, 1-5pm.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs with two large landings. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. Please get in touch with office [at] openspace.ca if you have any other questions or concerns relating to accessibility.